Renovations underway at former home of Woodside Church on MCC campus

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FLINT (WJRT) (04/16/19) -- New beginnings for a historic building on a mid-Michigan college campus. A $10 million renovation is now underway at the former Woodside Church.

It has been 1 year since the congregation left their home on the campus of Mott Community College. And now construction is underway to transform the building into a family life center.

That includes the expansion of the early childhood program with the addition of 4 more classrooms.

"We've always served children ages 2.5 to 5 years old, but now with those extra classrooms, we'll be able to serve children that start as young as 6 months, up to 5 years," said Dale Weighill, Associate Vice President Institutional Advancement.

Weighill calls it a major benefit for parents who are attending school.
Also inside at the front of the building will be an expanded Mott Eats food pantry.

"We've got students who go without food, their families go without food or without meals. We've probably got 100 students right now who are using the food pantry that exists on campus," Weighill said.

A clothing closet will also be housed inside the new center.

"This is for students who can't afford professional clothing when they begin a job or if they're going on a job interview."

As for what will be done with the old sanctuary?

"We're maintaining that space as an auditorium, so that Mott's music program can have performances or recitals in there, and we can also have plays."

School officials say the early childhood portion of the building is set to open this coming October.

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